From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (1/27/2012)

The Los Angeles Times offers this fascinating piece on how Germany has supplanted the U.S. as an economy that provides those working in manufacturing an opportunity to live a life of relative middle class luxury.

I blogged about this earlier this week, but this is a story that just won’t die, and for good reason.  In fact, my guess is in the weeks ahead it will probably take on a life of its own.  The New York Times this week offers this incredibly in-depth and thought-provoking piece on how the U.S. lost out to China on making all those iPhones for Apple, a piece that resonates on so many different levels.

In EE Times, blogger George Leopold dissects the Times piece and says it’s time for the U.S. to “play hard ball” when it comes to high-tech manufacturing.

Meanwhile, a weblog called Policy Shop offered some lessons in American values gleaned from the Times story.

Blogger and independent speculator Jeff Carter, much as I did earlier in the week, took exception with the story’s long-range view, or more to the point, conspicuous thereof.

The Brookings Institution’s labor economist and sometime blogger Gary Burtless weighed in on the New Republic’s web site.

And The Week distilled the Times piece to Five Simple Questions & Answers.

Two members of Congress detail a pro-American industry bill they’ve recently sponsored, the Manufacturing Reinvestment Account Act.

The way the White House is rallying around manufacturing these days almost makes you wish every year was an election year, doesn’t it?  Or at least, that the president gave a few more State of the Union addresses each year, huh?

A daily publication if, of all places, India details how lower wages in this country have spurred manufacturing growth and stability.

At Reuters, blogger Stella Dawson says in a post called “Revving Down” that it’s not only high-tech jobs that are being threatened by off-shore migration, but so many of the high-end mfg jobs that used to be this country’s bread and butter.

Time essayist Rana Foroohar asks the $64K question, Is U.S. Manufacturing Really Back?

Vice President Joe Biden, on what sure looked like one of his first stops on the 2012 campaign trail, visited manufacturing-challenged Rochester, NY and called for a return to the city’s manufacturing roots.

Meanwhile, in the heartland the Des Moines Register reports that Biden’s boss met with manufacturers who told him one of the things they need most is more skilled workers.

In the Huffington Post, Dave Johnson, head of the progressive Campaign for America’s Futureoffers his admittedly slanted take on the President’s appeal for more manufacturing in the chief executive’s surprisingly pointed and much anticipated State of the Union address this week. 

Our good friends at MIT tell us there’s good reason to feel bullish on American manufacturing.

And finally, Fox Business this week details eight industries the U.S. has lost to China.

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